2019 GMC Sierra vs. 2019 Ford F-150

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Sierra are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The F-150 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Sierra and the F-150 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Sierra’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the F-150’s (6 vs. 5 years).

GMC pays for scheduled maintenance on the Sierra for 2 years and 24,000 miles. GMC will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the F-150.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Sierra has a standard 730-amp battery (730 optional). The F-150’s 610-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Sierra’s fuel efficiency. The F-150 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Sierra Double/Crew Cab’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the F-150’s standard fuel tank (24 vs. 23 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Sierra has larger standard tires than the F-150 (255/70R17 vs. 245/70R17).

The Sierra has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The F-150 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

The Sierra offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The F-150’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sierra’s wheelbase is longer than on the F-150:

 

Sierra

F-150

Extended Cab Standard Bed

147.4 inches

145 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

147.4 inches

145 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

157 inches

156.8 inches

For better maneuverability, the Sierra’s turning circle is tighter than the F-150’s:

 

Sierra

F-150

Regular Cab Long Bed

44.7 feet

46.1 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed

46.3 feet

47.1 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed

46.3 feet

47.8 feet

Extended Cab Standard Bed 4x4

46.3 feet

47.1 feet

Crew Cab Short Bed 4x4

46.3 feet

47.8 feet

Crew Cab Standard Bed 4x4

49.5 feet

51.1 feet

Chassis

The Sierra is shorter than the F-150, making the Sierra easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

 

Sierra

F-150

Regular Cab Long Bed

210.8 inches

227.9 inches

Extended Cab Standard Bed

231.7 inches

231.9 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

231.7 inches

231.9 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

241.3 inches

243.7 inches

Passenger Space

The Sierra Regular Cab has 2.3 inches more front headroom and .6 inches more front legroom than the F-150 Regular Cab.

The Sierra Double Cab has 2.2 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom and 1.7 inches more rear legroom than the F-150 SuperCab.

The Sierra Crew Cab has 2.2 inches more front headroom and .6 inches more front legroom than the F-150 SuperCrew.

Cargo Capacity

The Sierra Regular Cab has a much larger cargo box than the F-150 shortbed (89.1 vs. 62.3 cubic feet). The Sierra has a much larger cargo box than the F-150 longbed (89.1 vs. 77.4 cubic feet).

The Sierra Double Cab has a much larger cargo box than the F-150 SuperCab shortbed (72.7 vs. 62.3 cubic feet).

The Sierra Crew Cab shortbed has a much larger cargo box than the F-150 SuperCrew shortbed (63.9 vs. 52.8 cubic feet). The Sierra Crew Cab longbed has a much larger cargo box than the F-150 SuperCrew longbed (72.7 vs. 62.3 cubic feet).

The Sierra’s cargo box is larger than the F-150’s in every dimension:

 

Sierra Double Cab

Sierra Regular Cab

F-150 SuperCrew

F-150 Regular Cab

Length (short/long)

79.4”

98.2”

67.1”/78.9”

78.9”/97.6”

Max Width

71.4”

71.4”

65.2”

65.2”

Min Width

50.63”

50.62”

50.6”

50.6”

Height

22.4”

22.4”

21.4”

21.4”

The GMC Sierra has a standard CornerStep, which allows for much easier access to the cargo area. A Tailgate Step costs extra on the Ford F-150.

Payload and Towing

The Sierra’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the F-150’s (7400 vs. 5000 pounds).

The Sierra has a much higher standard payload capacity than the F-150:

 

Sierra

F-150

Extended Cab 1500

2030 lbs.

1840 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500

2030 lbs.

1200 lbs.

Regular Cab 1500 4x4

2140 lbs.

1740 lbs.

Extended Cab 1500 4x4

2020 lbs.

1780 lbs.

Crew Cab 1500 4x4

2010 lbs.

1200 lbs.

Ergonomics

The Sierra’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the F-150, and is not available on all models.

The Sierra AT4/Denali offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The F-150 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Sierra’s basic optional front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The F-150’s basic optional power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them. The F-150 XLT/Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s rear windows don’t open automatically.

On a hot day the Sierra’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote (optional feature). The driver of the F-150 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

When the Sierra SLT/AT4/Denali is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The F-150’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Sierra, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the F-150.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the GMC Sierra (except Base/SLE/Elevation) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The F-150 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Sierra owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Sierra will cost $540 less than the F-150 over a five-year period.

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